Wildlife & Safari`s
Thula Thula, the oldest private game reserve in Kwazulu Natal, and former hunting ground of legendary Zulu King Shaka, boosts a unique diversity of landscapes, from riverine bush, savanna and forest.
Experienced rangers will guide you on exciting safaris in open Landrovers through the unique diversity of this ancestral land to encounter big game and superb birdlife.
Thula Thula is home to a diverse African wildlife population, including elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, giraffe, zebra, nyala, hyenas, crocodile, kudu, wildebeest and a spectacular variety of other indigenous species, great and small.
Birdlife is prolific with over 350 identified species, including raptors. Thula Thula is situated only 45 minutes from Richards Bay harbour and airport, and less than 2 hours drive from Durban. There is a 700m airstrip on the property.We Propose two different kinds of Accommodation: THE ELEPHANT SAFARI LODGE *****
Exclusive bush experience and absolute luxury. Enjoy exotic cocktails at the "Marula Bar" or just relax in the lounges in the thatched lapa while viewing game at the waterhole
The "Elephant Safari Lodge" offers 8 luxurious air conditioned chalets elegantly decorated in ethnic and colonial style, each with a private verandah. And the Suite Royale, Honeymoon suite with King size four poster bed, with generous bathroom, lounge and verandah with view over the waterhole.
The Suite Imperiale, for a journey into the past, exclusively decorated to celebrate nature, offering the very best in elegance, privacy and luxury, where elephant and antelope wander peacefully a few meters away from your spacious viewing deck overlooking the African bush.
The Suite Imperiale has got 2 double four posted beds for absolute comfort and space, a lounge suite and a beautiful large bathroom with bath and shower.
Candle lit dinners with the finest cuisine are served either in the dining room, around the pool, on the verandah, or in the Boma around the fire under the African sky. Unique atmosphere, stylish décor, exclusive and personalized service make Thula Thula Elephant Safari Lodge a five star bush experience. Children are welcome from 8 years old.
Central living area, Boma, viewing deck, Wine cellar, curio shop, Swimming pool, The Marula Bar, conference center, private lounge with bar and library.LUXURY TENTED CAMP ****
Rediscover Nature in great style and true to the African safari camp of a past era at the Thula Thula luxury tented camp, where the peaceful essence of the African bush can be heard and felt.
Exclusivity is assured with only 8 luxury tents, all with private viewing decks, mosquito nets, fans and luxurious en suite bathroom with Victorian bath and outside shower in the luxury double tents.
The 2 family tents offer space, luxury and comfort for parents and children and the generous ensuite bathroom has Victorian bath and open inside shower. Children are welcome from 2 years old.
View wildlife while sipping a cocktail from the swimming pool bar or relax in your hammock overlooking the Enseleni river. A buffet lunch is served around the outside thatched bar or by the swimming pool.
Dine under the stars in the boma for a traditional South African braai (barbecue) or a pojkie (meat stew with vegetables cooked on the fire in a cast iron pot) where you will share stories of the day`s game viewing or the legends of the bush with your hosts, our dedicated rangers and trackers.
Central living area with bar, dining room, lounges, outside thatched bar, boma, swimming pool.Accommodation:
Deluxe Rooms (qty 2)
The deluxe rooms are approximately 25 sqm, with a queen sized four post bed, en-suite bathroom with single basin and shower and a veranda which overlooks the bush. The deluxe rooms are ideal for single occupancy.
Luxury Chalets (qty 4)
The luxury rooms are approximately 35 sqm, 3 of the luxury chalets have 2 ¾ four post beds and 1 of the chalets has a queen size four post bed. The en-suite bathroom has twin basins and a bath and shower en-suite.
Each luxury chalet has a veranda which overlooks the bush. Additional single beds for children can be put into the luxury rooms on request.
Suite Royale (qty 1)
The Suite Royale is perfect for honeymooning couples; with a large king size four post bed. The Suite Royale is approximately 75 sqm, has a separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with large walk in shower, bath with bush view and twin basins, slippers are also provided. Suite Royale has superb bush views and a veranda which overlooks the watering hole.
Suite Imperiale (qty 1)
The Suite Imperial is approximately 80 sqm; with two double beds (four post), lounge area with chez lounge, en-suite bathroom with large walk in shower, bath with bush view and twin basins, slippers are also provided. Suite Imperiale has superb bush views and a veranda which is ideally situated to watch the sun go down.
Children over 8 years old are welcome in the Elephant Lodge and pay 50% of the adult rate. Children under 8 are welcome by prior arrangement.
Luxury tent (qty 6)
The luxury tents are spacious and luxurious, each tent has two ¾ beds, en-suite bathroom with single basin, bath and outside shower.
Family tent (qty 2)
The family tents are furnished in a colonial style with two ¾ beds, 2 single beds (separated from ¾ beds with a panel room divider), en-suite bathroom with twin basins, Victorian bath and large head shower.
Children over 2 years old are welcome in the tented camp. Children between 2 and 12 years old pay 50% of the adult rate.
Thula Thula Private Game Reserve Activities:
Game activities as game drives , walking safaris, game drives are included in the packages. We also propose to our guests extra activities during their stay :
The following attractions and activities are available on request
* Massage therapy:
We propose to our guests a relaxing massage in the comfort of their room with our professional massage therapists
* Visit of a Zulu village:
An authentic experience of Zulu rural culture and traditions, with an encounter with the Inyanga, the Zulu medicine man, who will display for you a selection of herbal medicines.
* Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game reserve (Cengeni Gate) :
Situated only 45 minutes from Thula Thula, this National game reserve was created in 1895 and is home to the big five.
* St. Lucia Estuary boat cruises:
To view hippos, crocodiles and magnificent bird life (1 hour from Thula Thula).
* Whale watching (From June to October)in St. Lucia (1 hour from Thula Thula). 18 Hole Golf Course in Empangeni, Richardsbay or Zimbali.
* Anglo-Zulu Battlefields:
Isandlwana, Rorkes Drift (2h30 from Thula Thula).
* We also propose as extra activities at Thula Thula the following : picnic Champagne lunch in the bush, Yoga classes, French cooking classes, montain biking, guided by our game rangers.
Thula Thula Private Game Reserve Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Clothing must be comfortable, preferably light cotton in summer.
Warm clothing for chilly winter evenings and mornings during safaris.
Health & Climate:
Thula Thula is situated in a malaria free area. Sub tropical climate.
Thula Thula Private Game Reserve Guest Reviews
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 3
Third visit, remains an amazing place. Must go for everybody who loves elephants and game.
Rating: Reviewed by Hans Dilweg over a year ago
We spent 3 nights at Thula Thula and enjoyed every minute of our stay. Our guides Siya and Shandu were very knowledgeable and informative and made our game drives very enjoyable. The lodge staff were very attentive and friendly and produced some wonderful meals. We met some wonderful people during our stay.
Rating: Reviewed by debbie carse over a year ago
We stay at Elephant Safari Lodge in March and experienced splendid dinner. Of course rino, giraffe, elephant are so cute and more wild than our expected, but romantic dinner under the starlit sky at tha table surrounding open-air fire made us in a dream. If you want to see lion or leopard, it is better to go to Kruger. But if you want to be relaxed, I recommend you to select Thula Thula.
Rating: Reviewed by Yuichi Ono over a year ago